Server Updates

Server rebooted at 1am as part of the update process.

As usual, let me know if anyone has any issues.

Lions, Tigers and Site Updates, Oh My!

It’s been a while, I know, but I’ve finally got around to updating various bits on here, including and update on my RS-485 projects along with a new page for my Micro-CNC Milling Machine.


I also have uploaded a new app to the Google Play app store, CheerLights Live Wallpaper which pulls updates from the CheerLights Project, changing the colour of the home-screen wallpaper to match the current CheerLights colour (with a latency of around 15 seconds or so).

User warning: CheerLights does seem to like ‘white’ in the early hours of the morning… sadists!

Until next time!

Assembled RS485 Boards

Finally got them all soldered up… only to find I’m exactly one screw terminal block short.



Upcoming Talk – Serial Communications

I’m currently slated to present a talk at the CSLU (Lancaster University’s Computing Society) on serial communications with micro-controllers.

In addition to the talk, there will be a lab session where we will be working on a simple, practical communication scheme using Arduino micro-controllers and these beauties:

11 RS-485 Shields for the Arduino

Arduino RS-485 Shields for the Arduino

All ready to solder up, when I have the stacking headers that is – shipping from Hong Kong takes way to long!

I’ll update when I have more information about the talk, and after the fact will update the ‘Talks’ page on here with the slides, should anyone want to follow along.

A New Look

Decided I needed a change on the site, something that would work across devices and screen sizes, that wasn’t fixed-width and had a more article-y feel to it.


This is what I found on the wordpress theme list, an it is close to those goals, but not quite there yet. Expect some alterations for a while, but I think this is much nicer than before!

Stirling Castle Panoramas

  • August 3, 2012
  • Life

Stirling Castle Panoramas

A few panorama shots taken with my HTC One X from Stirling Castle at various points around the audio tour – which I highly recommend!

The Falkirk Wheel

  • August 3, 2012
  • Life

Visited the Falkirk Wheel ( ) yesterday, ’tis a neat bit of engineering.

Didn’t do the boat trip though, although it was tempting!

The "Falkirk Wheel" from the hill nearby. Taken with my HTC One X

The “Falkirk Wheel” from the hill nearby.
Taken with my HTC One X

At the controls of tram engine…

Took a quick video with me at the controls of the tram engine my Dad and I built some time ago.

I never reach anywhere near the top speed for the tram, as it has about a horsepower crammed into it’s comparatively small frame.

The track is 1240ft long and is 5″ gauge.

Those of you who know me might have seen the signal control unit I’ve been putting together for this track (not shown here, as the signals were already put away) and this was a full speed run to test the reed-switch based sensors in the track.

Excellent. All 404 pages should be this neat.

Excellent. All 404 pages should be this neat.

Periodically, pages go missing, assets get misplaced — you should not be concerned. This is a startup, this kind of thing happens. At Nosh, we are fortunate to have a relationship with several teams …

Flung together a Minecraft server to IRC chat bridge plugin, currently running on…

Flung together a Minecraft server to IRC chat bridge plugin, currently running on and #lucs  on freenode

Github link posted below, in case anyone wants to add stuff (fling me a pull request if you do!)

bukkit-chatbridge – An external chat protocol bridge plugin for Bukkit